Race and ethnicity: Minneapolis and St. Paul

I was astounded by Bill Rankin's map of Chicago's racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000. Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

  • mysterybaer 5y

    this is what i thought it would like look.
  • eleonoreo 5y

    Hey there,
    I really appreciate your work! This is a fabulously eye-opening project. I was wondering, was there a reason for not incorporating an American Indian racial category? It *definitely* makes a difference in Minneapolis (there's a gray "Other" cluster that I know is Native), and I'm sure it makes a difference in cities like Seattle, Spokane, etc as well, and probably even more cities than I would think. It just seems like another instance of Native folks being forgotten like they don't exist in modern times or something. Any thoughts?
  • rahhmaa 5y

    No surprise, that we're overwhelmingly white here, but I thought we had a little bit more diversity than this. I'll post this on my blog, attributed and linked back here. Thanks!
  • mo213213 5y

    As of the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, the racial composition of Minneapolis was as follows:
    * White: 70.2% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 64.2%)
    * Black or African American: 17.4%
    * American Indian: 1.7%
    * Asian: 4.9%
    * Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
    * Some other race: 2.8%
    * Two or more races: 3.0%
    * Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 9.2%


    According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, the racial composition of Saint Paul was as follows:
    * White: 66.7% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 61.6%)
    * Black or African American: 13.5%
    * American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.8%
    * Asian: 12.4% (see detail below)
    * Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.0%
    * Some other race: 2.9%
    * Two or more races: 3.7%
    * Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 8.9%

    The largest Asian ancestries in Saint Paul are as follows:
    * "Other Asian": 10.1% (mostly Hmong)
    * Asian Indian: 0.6%
    * Korean: 0.6%
    * Vietnamese: 0.6%
    * Chinese: 0.3%
    * Filipino: 0.1%
    * Japanese: 0.1%
  • Eric Fischer 5y

    No offense intended to those who were included in "Other." I was trying to match the appearance of Bill Rankin's Chicago map and those were the colors that map used. Different categories probably make more sense for some other places.
  • eleonoreo 5y

    Thanks for the response, Eric. I figured something like that was probably it. I don't know enough about the composition of recorded folks in Chicago to know if I could have made the same point to Bill Rankin. Although, I guess numbers aren't the point I'm looking at...just meaning more about the simple but repeated invisibility of Native people--something the Census actually purposefully did back in the day. Honestly, I wasn't aiming to imply any offense, just wanting to float a troubling phenomenon to the surface.
  • buttplug005 5y

    Looks like a nice place to live.
  • akh3966 5y

    Thank you for doing this. I just wish there was some way to zoom in on different areas.... or am I missing that?
  • hamburglar81 5y

    you can sort of zoom in by right clicking and selecting original size. it'll get to 3009x3009. as opposed to 640x640. unfortunately the neighborhood tagging isn't on the zoomed photo. but you can see streets and highways relatively clear.
  • Eric Fischer 5y

    Replaced with new image that represents the shapes of census blocks accurately.
  • Eric Fischer 4y

    Updated for Census 2010:
    Race and ethnicity 2010: Minneapolis by Eric Fischer
  • Minneapolisian 1y

    I love that I live in an area that looks like rainbow static :) YAY Southside/Elliot Park!
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